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    • CommentAuthorleevaux
    • CommentTimeJan 15th, 2012 7:30am (Jan 15th 2012)
     
    Posted By: RedYou should get some rats Lee, I think you'd like them lots!


    I used to keep them Red years ago they were always great fun and lovely.
    My circumstances will be changing soon so a couple of rats may fit in very well can,t say to much at the mo :face-smile: :face-smile:
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      CommentAuthorRed
    • CommentTimeJan 15th, 2012 12:17pm (Jan 15th 2012)
     

    Keeper of the hens

    You're moving to Yorkshire, that's the news!!! If it's not I'mma be way disappointed now :001_tt2: :rolling:
    • CommentAuthorleevaux
    • CommentTimeJan 15th, 2012 4:11pm (Jan 15th 2012)
     
    No i am afraid not Red though Yorkshire is a beautiful place,don,t be to disappointed will you :cry: :cry:
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      CommentAuthorRed
    • CommentTimeJan 15th, 2012 6:30pm (Jan 15th 2012)
     

    Keeper of the hens

    Haha, oh well, just wishfull thinking!! ;)
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      CommentAuthorRed
    • CommentTimeJan 15th, 2012 10:16pm (Jan 15th 2012) edited
     

    Keeper of the hens

    I got a dog book the other day, not necessarily because I thought it was good but because I liked the way it was laid out...it is surprisingly good though! It doesn't go into much detail but it's easy to read and has some very spot-on points...it covered a whole chapter of my 'leaflet' very well, how to and how not to approach dogs...not sure how well you can see it because the forum smallerizes photos automatically but...

    (it's called The Dog Expert and is by Karen Bush)
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      CommentAuthorKateb
    • CommentTimeJan 26th, 2012 11:08pm (Jan 26th 2012)
     
    I can't see the list of discussion threads - I only got to this via the menu on the left which only lists a few of the topics. Is anyone else having problems? (Not that I'll know if anyone responds!!)
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      CommentAuthorKateb
    • CommentTimeJan 26th, 2012 11:16pm (Jan 26th 2012)
     
    It's back!! Think it must've been my internet connection or something. Anyway, all is good now!
    • CommentAuthorLynnW
    • CommentTimeJan 27th, 2012 12:24am (Jan 27th 2012)
     
    I've been having a problem for the last couple of days, Kate..but I know it's my connection..nothing has been right since our storms around here.
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      CommentAuthorneil
    • CommentTimeJan 27th, 2012 10:50am (Jan 27th 2012)
     

    Keeper of the hens

    I think the cam is down (well it was last night to this morning at least) - my Internet won't connect but that's an issue with my ISP but it would only affect the cam.
    • CommentAuthorollie in UK
    • CommentTimeJan 27th, 2012 11:41am (Jan 27th 2012)
     
    All's well now.
    I can hear and see a chook in the back of the coop and there's sparrow enjoying the spill from the feeder.
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      CommentAuthorKateb
    • CommentTimeJan 27th, 2012 11:20pm (Jan 27th 2012)
     
    I never see the cam any more because of this bloomin' Apple Mac. I've tried downloading and installing what it says it needs but it still doesn't work. There are other things that won't work too, such as the external drive hubby keeps his photos on. I think it was a temporary internet glitch last night. Seems fine now thanks!
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      CommentAuthorRed
    • CommentTimeJan 28th, 2012 6:21pm (Jan 28th 2012)
     

    Keeper of the hens

    A video I found very funny, interesting and oddly cute; a baby crow being hand fed at Animal Care:

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      CommentAuthorneil
    • CommentTimeJan 30th, 2012 11:54am (Jan 30th 2012)
     

    Keeper of the hens

    He's a hungry little sod isn't he! He sounds like when you step on a squeaky dog toy!
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      CommentAuthorRed
    • CommentTimeFeb 6th, 2012 6:52pm (Feb 6th 2012) edited
     

    Keeper of the hens

    This video is absolutely beautiful. I've watched a few of this guy's other videos and don't necessarily agree with the way he works...I like that he's trying to help abused / stray dogs, but some of his methods are a little off...but this video is so touching.



    Comparing the dog's lifeless eyes at the beginning to the shining happiness at the end is amazing. And for a stray to refuse to eat food means it is *very* afraid.
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      CommentAuthorKateb
    • CommentTimeFeb 6th, 2012 11:25pm (Feb 6th 2012)
     
    That was lovely Red, it made me cry! Looking at the scars on her face I suspect someone tried to use her as a fighting dog but she was too gentle. I hope she finds a lovely home.
    • CommentAuthorLynnW
    • CommentTimeFeb 7th, 2012 6:39am (Feb 7th 2012)
     
    I hope she finds a good forever home very soon..the poor little girl.:face-sad:
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      CommentAuthorRed
    • CommentTimeFeb 7th, 2012 12:14pm (Feb 7th 2012)
     

    Keeper of the hens

    Almost made me cry too :)

    I got into my first argument with someone on another of his videos...had to happen sooner or later!! :001_rolleyes:
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      CommentAuthorRed
    • CommentTimeFeb 10th, 2012 10:27pm (Feb 10th 2012) edited
     

    Keeper of the hens

    So recently a dog bit a presenter's face during an interview...if you watch closely you can clearly see the dog is giving off calming signals as it is not enjoying the situation and is stressed (licking lips, panting, leaning away). This dog had also had a very traumatic experience just the day before when it fell through ice into a lake and almost died, AND the owner is holding very tightly to its' during this interview collar which won't help the dog's stress.

    Anywhoo, the presenter is getting right in the dog's face and in the end goes to hug or kiss the dog, and the dog is pushed over the edge and bites her:



    The dog can't speak English, it can only communicate its' feelings in the only way it knows how...and it did. To say how 'rude' and threatening she was being (to a dog) and it was such a stressful situation, I think the dog did very well. But I was really expecting everyone to blame the dog...

    And yet I am amazed at how well this incident has been handled! (as long as the poor dog isn't PTS) as they have actually done a report with an animal behaviours on why it wasn't the dog's fault AND how you should behave with a dog that you don't know well / isn't yours!! I am really impressed.

    http://www.9news.com/video/1441429247001/1/9NEWS-talks-to-animal-behaviorist-about-incident

    More people need to be educated on how to behave around dogs, and then things like this would occur less often. I love the part where the behaviourist says that greeting a dog head on and stroking it's face is like walking up to a stranger and giving them a big hug :bigsmile:
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      CommentAuthorRed
    • CommentTimeFeb 10th, 2012 11:17pm (Feb 10th 2012) edited
     

    Keeper of the hens

    This is an awesome video on how to make really easy home-made dog toys (I bet lots would work for other pets such as cats and rats too!) half of these we'd never have thought of but are so simple!



    This person's awesome and has a really good 'Do I really want a Border Collie?' video too! :smile:
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      CommentAuthorchief chicken
    • CommentTimeFeb 11th, 2012 5:15pm (Feb 11th 2012)
     
    I thought what a stupid moo that woman was to stare at the dog and put her face close; all aggressive behaviour if you speak dog. I would have thought the owner would have read the signals too.
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      CommentAuthorRed
    • CommentTimeFeb 11th, 2012 5:41pm (Feb 11th 2012) edited
     

    Keeper of the hens

    Posted By: chief chickenI thought what a stupid moo that woman was to stare at the dog and put her face close; all aggressive behaviour if you speak dog. I would have thought the owner would have read the signals too.


    Yeah, the owner's pretty stupid not to tell the woman to back off or say the dog is stressed...but then a lot of owners just don't know anything about dog body language or how to act around them themselves. When to a lot of other people it's really obvious. The woman and the owner are to blame, not the dog.

    I know someone who got a rescue Westie and took it to see her family. Her sister threw her arms around the dog and was hugging it because it looked like the Westie the owner used to have previously; she didn't know it was a threatening thing to do, and just assumed it would be like the other dog. It wasn't! The new dog was very unhappy, did some growling and took a lot longer to settle.
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      CommentAuthorRed
    • CommentTimeFeb 20th, 2012 8:53pm (Feb 20th 2012)
     

    Keeper of the hens

    Will definitely be watching this when it starts 1st March! Will be very interesting from a Sociological standpoint :smile:

    http://www.channel4.com/programmes/make-bradford-british/articles/home
    • CommentAuthorTrevs Mum
    • CommentTimeFeb 21st, 2012 6:50am (Feb 21st 2012)
     
    Very interesting Red, I hope we get to see it over here as we have our own problems too with racism.
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      CommentAuthorchief chicken
    • CommentTimeFeb 21st, 2012 4:48pm (Feb 21st 2012)
     
    I've done the test; I'm not eligible to be a British subject (NOT citizen - I wish they'd get that right!!!!).
    • CommentAuthorollie in UK
    • CommentTimeFeb 21st, 2012 7:11pm (Feb 21st 2012) edited
     
    I only scored 29%.

    I'll go get mi' coat.....

    and I thought I was educated with all those letters after my name!

    :tuxout:
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      CommentAuthorKateb
    • CommentTimeFeb 21st, 2012 10:26pm (Feb 21st 2012)
     
    Fail!! I got 46% and admit it was mainly by random guesses! We shouldn't forget though that people required to take the test do courses and practice on sample questions etc beforehand.

    It was interesting to see the trailer for the programme where it ended with one of them saying they got on because they all lived together. A friend who moved here from Africa (and has a degree in public health) said that has always been the problem - those that integrate with the community they move into tend to be accepted and get on better than those that isolate themselves into areas that are occupied in the majority by people from the same country. Looks like it could be an interesting programme.
    • CommentAuthorLynnW
    • CommentTimeFeb 22nd, 2012 6:12pm (Feb 22nd 2012)
     
    I got 38%, but then I'm not British.
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      CommentAuthorRed
    • CommentTimeFeb 22nd, 2012 8:11pm (Feb 22nd 2012)
     

    Keeper of the hens

    Posted By: LynnWI got 38%, but then I'm not British.

    :rolling:

    I got 29%, Lyle got 33%.
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      CommentAuthorKateb
    • CommentTimeFeb 22nd, 2012 10:42pm (Feb 22nd 2012)
     
    This all means I'm the best guesser out of all of us!!! :rolling:
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      CommentAuthorchief chicken
    • CommentTimeFeb 23rd, 2012 4:36pm (Feb 23rd 2012)
     
    Well done, that woman! I leave the country tomorrow, head hung in shame...:D
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      CommentAuthorRed
    • CommentTimeMar 2nd, 2012 3:51pm (Mar 2nd 2012) edited
     

    Keeper of the hens

    The cafe we ate at and got the hot chocolate with the paw print from was on Make Bradford British (we're just watching it now) :)

    They got people from different areas in Bradford, and made them all try the citizenship test. I think the highest success rate on the show was the group that got 95% failure :smile:
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      CommentAuthorKateb
    • CommentTimeMar 2nd, 2012 11:27pm (Mar 2nd 2012)
     
    I watched that last night - it was very interesting. Next week's looks like the sparks begin to fly!
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      CommentAuthorRed
    • CommentTimeMar 3rd, 2012 10:42pm (Mar 3rd 2012)
     

    Keeper of the hens

    Hmm I think next week's episode looks way better :tooth:
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      CommentAuthorRed
    • CommentTimeMar 4th, 2012 6:33pm (Mar 4th 2012)
     

    Keeper of the hens

    We saw a fox in broad daylight today! We were walking the dog down at Goit Stock, and there was just a fox stood on a bank ten feet away! It was about 11am, an amazing sight :smile:
    • CommentAuthorLynnW
    • CommentTimeMar 4th, 2012 7:27pm (Mar 4th 2012)
     
    Red, do you have much of a problem with Rabies over there? Around here, when nocturnal animals show themselves during daylight hours Rabies is high up on the list of reasons.
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      CommentAuthorchief chicken
    • CommentTimeMar 4th, 2012 8:21pm (Mar 4th 2012)
     
    We don't have rabies here. But since the Channel Tunnel was built, it's probably only a matter of time...:(
    • CommentAuthorollie in UK
    • CommentTimeMar 4th, 2012 9:20pm (Mar 4th 2012)
     
    I have a lot of foxes round here, my garden seems to be on their regular run.
    Mainly out at night but when the cubs come we watch them gambling in the sun on the hill side opposite and last year on the grass corner next door!
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      CommentAuthorRed
    • CommentTimeMar 4th, 2012 9:34pm (Mar 4th 2012)
     

    Keeper of the hens

    Posted By: LynnWRed, do you have much of a problem with Rabies over there? Around here, when nocturnal animals show themselves during daylight hours Rabies is high up on the list of reasons.


    Why's that Lynn? I know next to nothing about rabies, other than it makes the animal foam (?) and fear water...??

    We see quite a few foxes around here too...plenty of wildlife for them to nab (wood pigeons, free-range chickens, squirrels, smaller rodents etc), but we usually see them at night or very fleetingly in the day.
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      CommentAuthorchief chicken
    • CommentTimeMar 5th, 2012 4:43pm (Mar 5th 2012)
     
    Posted By: Red it makes the animal... fear water...??

    Perhaps I was wrong then - most teenage boys probably have it!
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      CommentAuthorRed
    • CommentTimeMar 5th, 2012 7:26pm (Mar 5th 2012)
     

    Keeper of the hens

    Not just teenage, Lyle and my dad spring to mind...! :rolling:
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      CommentAuthorKateb
    • CommentTimeMar 5th, 2012 11:29pm (Mar 5th 2012)
     
    Strangely enough, the 3 men in my house are happy to stand under a stream of it once a day, but ask them to wash their hands in it and the eyes glaze over ...
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      CommentAuthorRed
    • CommentTimeMar 6th, 2012 7:20pm (Mar 6th 2012)
     

    Keeper of the hens

    Once a day, very well trained! ;)
    • CommentAuthorLynnW
    • CommentTimeMar 6th, 2012 9:25pm (Mar 6th 2012)
     
    Red, the rabies virus infects the central nervous system, ultimately causing disease(encephalitis)in the brain and death. If you are bitten by a rabid animal and don't get the shots before the symptoms start to show..you will die. It's VERY wide spread around here, mostly spread by wild nocturnal animals like bats..there has been an outbreak in Scotland of rabid bats, so I was just concerned it may have raised it's ugly head around where you live too.
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      CommentAuthorRed
    • CommentTimeMar 7th, 2012 10:55am (Mar 7th 2012)
     

    Keeper of the hens

    :shocked: Worrying! Isn't their a vaccination people and animals can have against it?
    • CommentAuthorLynnW
    • CommentTimeMar 7th, 2012 6:30pm (Mar 7th 2012)
     
    There is a vaccination for dogs, but not for humans. Rabies vaccinations are required over here for your critters.
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      CommentAuthorKateb
    • CommentTimeMar 8th, 2012 11:20pm (Mar 8th 2012)
     
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      CommentAuthorKateb
    • CommentTimeMar 8th, 2012 11:24pm (Mar 8th 2012)
     
    They keep wobbling up to the camera and looking straight down the lens, as if they're watching me! Weird noises too!
    • CommentAuthorLynnW
    • CommentTimeMar 8th, 2012 11:56pm (Mar 8th 2012)
     
    Thanks for the link to the Penguins, Kate they are fun to watch.
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      CommentAuthorKateb
    • CommentTimeMar 9th, 2012 11:34pm (Mar 9th 2012)
     
    Yes, I couldn't tear myself away last night! I was amazed at how many different breeds of penguin are in the one enclosure. Seems they have 'integration' cracked - the human race could learn a thing or two from those guys!!!
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      CommentAuthorRed
    • CommentTimeMar 11th, 2012 3:10pm (Mar 11th 2012)
     

    Keeper of the hens

    Posted By: KatebSeems they have 'integration' cracked - the human race could learn a thing or two from those guys!!!


    Dogs are another great example, and dog breeds vary massively in size, appearance etc.
    • CommentAuthorollie in UK
    • CommentTimeMar 13th, 2012 8:19pm (Mar 13th 2012)
     
    I've just seen Mel race across the coop floor - or should that be, Child of Mel?
    :face-smile:
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      CommentAuthorRed
    • CommentTimeMar 14th, 2012 1:16pm (Mar 14th 2012) edited
     

    Keeper of the hens

    Probably, unless it was using a zimmer frame...!
    • CommentAuthorTrevs Mum
    • CommentTimeMar 15th, 2012 7:08am (Mar 15th 2012)
     
    ha ha ha ha ha funneeee
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      CommentAuthorRed
    • CommentTimeApr 10th, 2012 11:06pm (Apr 10th 2012)
     

    Keeper of the hens

    For all the purple lovers, Lyle's hair is (hopefully!) being dyed purple tonight :bigsmile:
    • CommentAuthorTrevs Mum
    • CommentTimeApr 11th, 2012 9:56am (Apr 11th 2012)
     
    OMG that is really awesome cool fabulous:face-smile:
    • CommentAuthorollie in UK
    • CommentTimeApr 11th, 2012 10:25am (Apr 11th 2012)
     
    Pics + Pics + Pics + Please....
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      CommentAuthorRed
    • CommentTimeApr 11th, 2012 12:27pm (Apr 11th 2012) edited
     

    Keeper of the hens

    I will do! Not yet though as we've just got back from a dog walk and look like drowned rats!! :tooth:

    We set out and it was lovely and warm and sunny. Then about 30 minutes in the rain started. Then it hammered it down. Then there was a ferocious hail storm that lasted about 15 minutes. And we got back in another downpour of rain! It looks dry but very grey now...I'll change out of my shorts then! :001_rolleyes:
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      CommentAuthorRed
    • CommentTimeApr 11th, 2012 4:54pm (Apr 11th 2012)
     

    Keeper of the hens

    Tada! It's 'cranberry' colour according to the tub, so kinda a purpley red :bigsmile:
      choc21.jpg
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      CommentAuthorchief chicken
    • CommentTimeApr 11th, 2012 5:46pm (Apr 11th 2012)
     
    Splendid!! Excellent choice of colour, eh Julie?
    • CommentAuthorollie in UK
    • CommentTimeApr 11th, 2012 6:08pm (Apr 11th 2012)
     
    Tones up well with the sofa!!!

    I like it lots. Adds character.
    • CommentAuthorgeorge
    • CommentTimeApr 12th, 2012 8:45am (Apr 12th 2012)
     
    my chicken is putting sticks on it's back but failing at it really badly. Any ideas why she's trying to do this it's always after she's come out of the coop from laying and before I take the egg as soon as she sees me take the egg she stops it's like she's gathering nesting material up and was going to take it back to put in the nest is this what she was trying to do?????:face-plain:
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      CommentAuthorRed
    • CommentTimeApr 12th, 2012 7:37pm (Apr 12th 2012) edited
     

    Keeper of the hens

    Thanks CC and Ollie we like it - next door commented and said it looked good too!! :rolling:

    Posted By: georgeHELP!!!!!


    George you have to be patient when waiting for an answer. This is a public forum and people aren't on 24/7, it can take days for someone to log in and know the answer to a question posted.

    We always say that, if in doubt and worried about an animal's health, take him / her to the vets. If it's not an immediate medical problem, just wait around and someone will reply whenever they can :smile:
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      CommentAuthorKateb
    • CommentTimeApr 12th, 2012 11:28pm (Apr 12th 2012)
     
    I haven't the foggiest idea why your hen is doing that George, but it sounds like she's happy and healthy otherwise, and is still laying, so I'm sure you don't need to be too concerned. I don't have any chickens so can't really give any advice, but I'm sure if anyone has experienced that with their birds they'll post on to let you know.

    As Red said though, if you are worried, take her to the vet. Better to be told it's nothing than not go an lose her. Good luck!
    • CommentAuthorLynnW
    • CommentTimeApr 13th, 2012 6:40am (Apr 13th 2012)
     
    George, I have a couple of hens that do the same thing..it's just a nesting thing with some of them..these 2 of mine are the 2 that always go broody on me, even if there isn't an egg in the nest boxes at all. One little hen of mine tried sitting on a large goose egg the other day and didn't want to leave it even when the goose came back to her nest..We had to run and rescue her before the goose killed her.
    • CommentAuthorTrevs Mum
    • CommentTimeApr 16th, 2012 12:21pm (Apr 16th 2012)
     
    Love Lyles hair do!!!!
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      CommentAuthorRed
    • CommentTimeApr 21st, 2012 1:18pm (Apr 21st 2012)
     

    Keeper of the hens

    Cheers TM - my dad didn't notice 'till we pointed it out! :tooth:
    • CommentAuthorollie in UK
    • CommentTimeApr 30th, 2012 10:14pm (Apr 30th 2012)
     
    Lummy Neil, those flashing lights will have 'planes mistaking you for Yeadon Airport!
    • CommentAuthorollie in UK
    • CommentTimeJun 3rd, 2012 12:11pm (Jun 3rd 2012) edited
     
    I'm not interested in the games part of all this event but really enjoy the rest of it.ie., open/ close ceremonies.
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      CommentAuthorKateb
    • CommentTimeJun 3rd, 2012 11:19pm (Jun 3rd 2012)
     
    I usually like watching some of the olympics, but I can't get into it at all. I think because it is so London focussed and they're spending so much of the country's money on just London. I know it's our capital and all that, but we're all paying for improvements to that area, which they will then sell on to private companies and pocket the money. Seems unfair when there are so many other areas desperate for a cash injection - including poorer parts of London. Maybe I'll be more enthusiastic when they start. I do like seeing the flame too though.

    Also enjoyed the jubilee pageant on the Thames today. There were so many people able to join in and take part in it - brought a lump to my throat!
    • CommentAuthorollie in UK
    • CommentTimeJun 4th, 2012 9:48am (Jun 4th 2012)
     
    Yes, I very much enjoyed the Thames Pageant. So much that I was inspired to get out that tube of stuff I've had for years and put some gilding on the twiddly bits of my chaise longue.
    The pageant was best viewed from the comfort of home, even though I didn't have a little Union Jack to wave.

    Pity nobody told the Queen that there was a nice comfy seat for her!
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      CommentAuthorKateb
    • CommentTimeJun 4th, 2012 10:18pm (Jun 4th 2012)
     
    I did think it was a shame that the seats didn't turn around to face the water once the boat was moored. I don't think I'd be able to stand for that long now, let alone when I get to her age!
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      CommentAuthorneil
    • CommentTimeJun 7th, 2012 2:41pm (Jun 7th 2012) edited
     

    Keeper of the hens

    My god the jubilee stuff was yawn-inducingly boring! The boat thing had one redeeming moment - when Claire Balding was talking and the ship's horns were blaring so it looked like she was a talking foghorn! ;-)

    I did love the community spirit it made though, Helen baked some fab buns and biscuits and helped set our village's party hall up and it looked amazing - it was so nice to sit in the sun and it was very well attended which was perfect really.

    We had a sarnie and a bun sat in the sun, and lots of families and kids played on the grass, it meant a lot more than having to sit through someone watching some bloody boats trug up the Thames ;-)

    But horses for courses of course!
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      CommentAuthorchief chicken
    • CommentTimeJun 7th, 2012 5:35pm (Jun 7th 2012)
     
    We see boats trug up the Thames every day here - but usually full of gin-swilling Londoners! I watched it for a little while, but only the backdrop changed so I lost interest. Impressive achievement though.

    Posted By: neilsat in the sun

    Sun? Wot means this word please?:face-smile:
    • CommentAuthorollie in UK
    • CommentTimeJun 7th, 2012 10:46pm (Jun 7th 2012) edited
     
    At least Penny and Tilly have a flag to wave!:face-smile:

    I bet you enjoyed the concert though Neil!
    Not my cuppa.... I much prefered the boats but the programme production and commentary of the flotilla could have been a lot better.
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      CommentAuthorKateb
    • CommentTimeJun 7th, 2012 11:55pm (Jun 7th 2012)
     
    The commentary etc was all a bit politically correct and boring, but I was doing other things while it was on so was popping in and out. The fly-by on Tuesday was a lovely sight and brought a lump to my throat, but i thought there'd have been more planes! (a few modern ones too).
    • CommentAuthorgeorge
    • CommentTimeJun 16th, 2012 8:51am (Jun 16th 2012)
     
    Can i let my hens eat birds,mice ect. that they catch??????
    • CommentAuthorLynnW
    • CommentTimeJun 17th, 2012 4:35am (Jun 17th 2012)
     
    I wouldn't let them eat birds they catch, but my hens really love a nice mouse now and then. They could catch a disease from the little birds.
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      CommentAuthorchief chicken
    • CommentTimeJun 17th, 2012 3:38pm (Jun 17th 2012)
     
    I saw an interesting thing in the henhouse yesterday; 4 eggs. 3 ordinary sized bantam eggs, about 2 1/2 - 3" as usual, and one ONE INCH LONG! It looks like a Cadbury's mini-egg. I'd love to keep it but I spect it'd go manky. It's not cause for concern, is it? Because I don't know who laid it.
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      CommentAuthorKateb
    • CommentTimeJun 17th, 2012 11:36pm (Jun 17th 2012)
     
    That must look really cute! Make sure you take a photo of it for posterity!
    • CommentAuthorLynnW
    • CommentTimeJun 18th, 2012 8:02am (Jun 18th 2012)
     
    CC, we get a few like that when our hens are ending laying for the season or just starting to lay again. I don't think it's anything to be concerned about.
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      CommentAuthorKateb
    • CommentTimeJun 18th, 2012 11:30pm (Jun 18th 2012)
     
    I was talking to a lady at work last week who has just returned from maternity leave. She and her hubby run a sheep farm, but she also keeps some hens for eggs and as pets. Her hubby seems to think that once the hens stop laying they should be Sunday dinner. She is adamant that won't happen, so each year takes on another couple of hens so that he doesn't know which hens do and don't lay, and they can live out their lives naturally. She says he's none the wiser and can't believe how old her hens have got and how long they can lay for!!!
    • CommentAuthorTrevs Mum
    • CommentTimeJun 19th, 2012 12:06pm (Jun 19th 2012)
     
    he he that's a great story Kate, clever lady!
    • CommentAuthorLynnW
    • CommentTimeJun 19th, 2012 10:14pm (Jun 19th 2012)
     
    Your friend is awesome, Kate..my kind of person!
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      CommentAuthorRed
    • CommentTimeJul 3rd, 2012 2:29pm (Jul 3rd 2012) edited
     

    Keeper of the hens

    Definitely saw something interesting today! Walking down the canal to the forest, a half-mile stretch of land was COVERED in really obvious white, thick spiderweb-type-things. It looked like the fake spiderwebs you get at halloween, so I assumed it was something weird and synthetic as there's some weird water works near the canal...I thought maybe it was synthetic "webs" as there were so many flies hanging around their at the moment, and the webs were covered in dots, trapped flies.

    Walking back I had a closer look, because it's just so surreal having everything covered in such thick cobwebs...the millions of dots I'd mistaken for flies were actually tiny baby spiders, millions and millions of spiders
    :gasp:
    What the heck?!?!? Fifteen minites' walk away on top of a hill, and if you looked back at the water works you could see the white web-topped trees and fences from there! I really wish I'd had my camera or Lyle's phone, it was creepy as...
    • CommentAuthorLynnW
    • CommentTimeJul 3rd, 2012 6:52pm (Jul 3rd 2012)
     
    OMG, Red...I hate spiders..this sounds like something out of a nightmare to me..EWWWWWY!!!



    Posted By: RedWalking back I had a closer look, because it's just so surreal having everything covered in such thick cobwebs...the millions of dots I'd mistaken for flies were actually tiny baby spiders, millions and millions of spiders
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      CommentAuthorKateb
    • CommentTimeJul 3rd, 2012 9:31pm (Jul 3rd 2012)
     
    There were pictures on the internet recently of that sort of thing in Australia. I think it was because they'd had flooding so the spiders had put their webs higher. Horrible!!! (but fascinating too!)
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      CommentAuthorRed
    • CommentTimeJul 4th, 2012 6:21pm (Jul 4th 2012)
     

    Keeper of the hens

    Yeah I know I thought of that too...but why would it happen so much just because?! It was even worse today, they had spread!! Kinda creepy...I tried to get some pics on Lyle's phone but I don't think you'll be able to tell because the sky was the same colour as the cobwebs...

    Lynn, I'm not terrified of spiders but I'm not too happy about it either!! Lyle, who is scared of spiders, isn't as creeped out as I am...but his brother might be coming to stay this weekend, and he freaks at anything to do with spiders, so we're obviously gonna walk him down that way... :tooth:
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      CommentAuthorRed
    • CommentTimeJul 16th, 2012 10:45pm (Jul 16th 2012) edited
     

    Keeper of the hens

    I took my Grandad and my dad to see the spider webs a few nights ago, which are still there but being battered by the weather! My Grandad is a big garden nerd, and he said there would just be a nest nearby resulting in webs from lots of babies...however when he saw it he was really shocked (and impressed :ack2: ) at how far they've spread! He says it happens every now and then down South where it's warmer, but he's never heard of it happening so far North :smile:

    I'll have to remember to get the pics off Lyle's phone and see if there's any decent ones, but I really think the qualities too poor...

    And this is a video of all our pets over the past few months...Keshi is in it being uber cute, Lenny is playing his 'chuck the chinchilla outta bed game', and he and Kasper are working the Bamboozle puzzle feeder...

    • CommentAuthorollie in UK
    • CommentTimeJul 19th, 2012 10:14am (Jul 19th 2012)
     
    I'm wondering where Neil put't "Camera is off" button?

    Did I say I am watching (along with the Olympic Torch tour) - the Tour de France? Now I don't know one rider from another but the scenery!! Wow!! especially from the helicopter. There are also bike related tableaux in some of the fields that are amazing. Some are even animated.
    The Polish road race shows the lovely out of town houses. They are very Hansel and Gretel style.

    Also came across this - now veggies beware = refers to carnivorousness -
    Chickens facing censorship in Iran
    The rising cost of chicken in Iran has prompted the country's police chief to urge broadcasters to censor it from television screens in the interests of social harmony. has warned that films depicting scenes of chicken dinners could provoke the underprivileged classes to attack the rich.
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      CommentAuthorchief chicken
    • CommentTimeJul 19th, 2012 5:06pm (Jul 19th 2012)
     
    Funny you should say that; I drove past a Kentucky Fried Chicken today and find upon seeing Kirsty Allsopp on telly that I want to mug her for her HUUUUUUUUUUUUUUUGE aquamarine ring. Coincidence? I think not...
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      CommentAuthorKateb
    • CommentTimeJul 19th, 2012 11:04pm (Jul 19th 2012)
     
    Hubby likes watching the Tour de France too Ollie, and I don't mind at all for the same reason as you! There was a lovely shot from the helicopter of a bird of prey (something like a condor - huge!) taking off and flying over the area. And I must say, most of the riders have lovely legs too! I wanted hubby to tweet a question about whether they shave or wax their legs but he wouldn't!
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      CommentAuthorKateb
    • CommentTimeJul 19th, 2012 11:15pm (Jul 19th 2012)
     
    I've just read that the opening ceremony of the olympics is planning on using life farmyard animals. Surely they'll be terrified???
    • CommentAuthorollie in UK
    • CommentTimeJan 2nd, 2013 8:22pm (Jan 2nd 2013)
     
    There's our Mel scooting round the coop floor like a clockwork mouse thats just had a dose of WD40.

    Happy New Year Mel.
    • CommentAuthornanny north
    • CommentTimeJan 3rd, 2013 2:26pm (Jan 3rd 2013)
     
    Ha ha ha I do love your description Ollie.
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      CommentAuthorchief chicken
    • CommentTimeJan 3rd, 2013 5:16pm (Jan 3rd 2013)
     
    :rolling:
    • CommentAuthorTrevs Mum
    • CommentTimeJan 4th, 2013 12:22am (Jan 4th 2013)
     
    he he he love it Oliie!
    • CommentAuthorLynnW
    • CommentTimeJan 4th, 2013 7:10pm (Jan 4th 2013)
     
    Thanks for making me laugh this morning, Ollie!:rollonfloorlaughing:
    • CommentAuthorollie in UK
    • CommentTimeFeb 14th, 2013 6:29pm (Feb 14th 2013)
     
    I read here two or three times a day but don't seem to have posted much lately.
    Yesterday there were seventeen visitors here when I came on. Now that's a lot but isn't a record, someone last week had a magnificent 32 escorts! Who claims the title?

    I'm loving reading about all Red's escapades. Such adventures! A magnificent and extraordinarily good woman.
    • CommentAuthorollie in UK
    • CommentTimeFeb 24th, 2013 7:57pm (Feb 24th 2013)
     
    Went and had a look at the Derby peregrine falcon site. Plenty of work going on there, cleaning up the nest and installing the cameras, a new one too!
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      CommentAuthorKateb
    • CommentTimeFeb 24th, 2013 11:37pm (Feb 24th 2013)
     
    Can't believe it's that time of year already Ollie! Glad to hear it'll be all spruced up for the coming season.